PTSD – The Anniversary Effect
PTSD – The Anniversary Effect.
For 27 years, I have dealt with this, knowing why such feelings arise. For many of those years. I learned to deal with them the entire month of may. In 2019, that all changed and every year since then.
Why would governments and certain individuals behave inappropriately because they know and use as a weapon? What if the government were behind the cause of the event? Does that make it far worse? What could be the motive behind it? Is it an evil act?
Are these the actions of trust or dictatorship agendas?
I want to say many people in this world suffer from PTSD and the anniversary effect. What if your government also knows this about you? If they can try this with me, nothing stopping them from doing the same to you might surprise you to discover they already do without your awareness. There are many ways to discover this about you, people’s social media. It’s all available freely. Doctors they have access to all this information.
Pay close attention when it’s your turn. One sure defence, don’t give them what they want., Instead, when an attack comes, share information on them as a countermeasure. See how they like it. Don’t get caught out. Instead, stand up for yourself. You’re more powerful than you realise.,
If you didn’t know, yes, there are hidden companies online who specialise in causing triggers in people. Cambridge Analytica was one such company. Look at their logo rewiring your brain. The well-connected founders had contact with, among others, the Conservative Party, the British royal family and the British military. Even BOTS can now do this task. If it’s done via physical method, you now have evidence., Its an act of WAR on there people hidden in plain sight.
Don’t Get Mad, Get Even.,
Your event anniversary can feel like the worst time in your life or it can become your greatest friend. 3rd May to 31st May is mine. On 1st June 2019 was me standing up at City Hall. Turning a negative event into a powerful friend., You will grow in ways you never thought possible. Pain does not make you a victim, it can make you a victor if you allow it.,
Some educational reading.
What Is the Anniversary Effect?
The anniversary effect is a collection of disturbing feelings, thoughts, and/or memories that can occur on or around the anniversary of a traumatic event, commonly seen in those with PTSD or those who have experienced the death of a loved one, such as a parent or grandparent. Traumatic events like a car accident, a miscarriage, or a traumatic birth can also cause an anniversary effect. Research shows that there is even an increased risk of serious illness, accidents or death around the time of the anniversary. This is also sometimes referred to as an anniversary reaction or anniversary syndrome.1
Traumatic events that may cause the anniversary effect include:
- The death of a parent
- A death anniversary
- Childhood trauma
- Sexual trauma
- A car accident
- A betrayal
- A traumatic birth
- A miscarriage
- A terrorist attack like 9/11
- A natural disaster
- Cancer or another serious health diagnosis
- A divorce
Anniversary Reactions: Research Findings
Jessica Hamblen, PhD, Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD, and Paula P. Schnurr, PhD
On the anniversary of traumatic events, some people may find that they experience an increase in distressing memories of the event. These memories may be triggered by reminders, but memories may also seem to come from out of the blue while at work, home, or doing recreational activities. An increase in distress around the anniversary of a traumatic event is commonly known as an “anniversary reaction” and can range from feeling mildly upset for a day or two to a more extreme reaction in which an individual experiences significant psychiatric or medical symptoms.
Why Do People Experience Anniversary Reactions?
An anniversary reaction can occur because the date of the original trauma (or some other trigger) activates a traumatic memory. In a case such as the September 11, 2001 attacks, the date itself may serve as an especially strong trigger. Because the attacks were labeled with the date on which they occurred, it is nearly impossible for any adult who was affected to go through that day unaware of its significance.
Common Anniversary Reactions
Many people find themselves feeling unsettled, restless or having a sense of dread around the anniversary of a traumatic event or loss. This is a very common and often normal response to a traumatic event. One may experience symptoms of PTSD, including nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive images, anxiety, fear, anger, or difficulty sleeping. Other feelings that may surface are depression, sadness, and dread.
Common anniversary reactions include:
- Flashbacks: One of the most common and terrifying symptoms of PTSD is experiencing flashbacks, which are sudden, vivid memories of the event. It may feel as if the event is happening in the present time and involves all the senses, including taste, smell, or body sensations. People experiencing flashbacks can feel panicked and helpless.
- Fear: When traumatic memories come up, the amygdala sends out signals to the body to get it ready for fight or flight. For someone who is coming up on the anniversary of a traumatic event, these body sensations can feel just as real as the day the event took place. This can include sweaty palms, increased heart rate and a feeling of chest pressure or difficulty breathing.
- Frustration and anger: The anniversary of a traumatic event can sometimes cause feelings of frustration if one is not further along in their healing process. People may also experience anger at the unfairness that this happened at all, and all the ways it has changed a person’s life since then.
- Memories, thoughts, and feelings: The unconscious mind has a way of linking dates with traumatic events.. Sometimes, memories, thoughts and feelings will arise before a person has even realized the link to the anniversary date.
- Body sensations or pain: Some people might notice that they feel body sensations or pain related to the event. For example, if they or a loved one experienced abdominal pain during a traumatic event, that same type of pain can resurface around the anniversary.
- Anxiety: Anticipation, dread, and worry about an upcoming event manifest as anxiety. Some symptoms of anxiety include feeling restless, irritable, or tense, ruminating, having negative thoughts, having trouble concentrating or just a free-floating sense of worry or fear.
- Dreams: Dreams and nightmares are common PTSD symptoms, but can also be healing. Dreams are the brain’s way of trying to process and make sense of an event, and can sometimes help bring closure or reassurance. Some people report great comfort in seeing loved ones in their dreams.
- Avoidance: As a trauma anniversary approaches, it is common to engage in avoidance behavior by avoiding people, places, or other reminders of the traumatic event. A person may take the long way home to avoid the site of a trauma, or avoiding certain people or situations. This can be a way to manage or cope with unpleasant memories.